Best Puppy Tips for Cleaning Dog Ears at Home

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Best Puppy Tips for Cleaning Dog Ears at Home

Best Puppy Tips for Cleaning Dog Ears at Home

The best puppy tips for cleaning dog ears at home start with regular inspections to make sure they are clean and do not smell unusual. It will be obvious if your puppy has a problem in his ears as he will shake his head in a wobbly fashion and scratch his ears often. The occasional scratching of his ears is normal, and nothing to worry about, but if you notice continual scratching, then there may very well be a problem.

However, early detection or prevention may avoid an issue developing, so make it a habit of looking into and smelling your dog’s ears. I find what works for me best is to schedule this inspection each week. I do it every Sunday evening just as a habit to make sure that my dog’s ear health remain in good condition.

If you are new to pet care, it may seem a little strange to be sniffing your dogs ears, but it’s part of owning a dog, and part of being a responsible and caring Alpha (pack leader).

Best Puppy Tips for Cleaning Dog Ears at Home

Choosing a Cleansing Product For Your Dog’s Ears

The foremost step in cleansing your pooch’s ears is to choose a good cleaning product. You can get one at a good wholesale dog supplies store. When selecting the cleansing solution, try not to pick a product that contains alcohol as one of the ingredients as it may sting insides of your doggie’s ears. On the other hand, an alcohol-containing product may work just fine if your dog has any threatening ear condition that can be soothed with a powerful disinfectant.

A soft cotton cloth and preferably an ear powder are some other things that you will need.

When to Clean Ears of Your Dog?

If your dog scratches his ears often, his ears smell bad, or when he shakes his head quite frequently lately, these are usually viable signs that you need to clean his ears. But this may also be an indication of an infection and may suggest that you should consult your vet.

Try starting your cleaning session when your pooch is relaxed, preferably after a meal or may be near the bedtime. Be gentle yet firm and help him stay calm. Cleansing process can be an odd experience for your dog but make sure that he is settled and you have all things ready with you at an arm’s length.

Step-by-Step Method to Clean Your Dog’s Ears

1. Gently turn the ear-flap (pinna) of your dog upwards. Once his ear canal is easily visible, put a few drop of ear cleansing solution in your pooch’s ear and slightly massage his ear flap between the base of his ear and your thumb or forefingers for 20-30 seconds. This allows the cleansing solution to seep deeper inside the ear.

2. Your pet may shake his head to get the extra solution off him. Let him do that and once he calms down, proceed with the next step.

3. Remove extra debris and wax that may have surfaced due to the solution and shaking with the help of a soft cotton cloth. Do not try to insert anything in the ear canal.

4. Fold back the ear-flaps of your dog when you are done and let his ear canals go dry. After around five minutes, put in some ear drying powder in his ears and your job is done.

Regular cleansing sessions of your pooch’s ears help evade many ear problems and may save you many avoidable vet visits in the future. Hearing is one of the strongest senses for dogs and must be cared for properly. Click here to visit the original source of this post

These are some of the best puppy tips for cleaning dog ears at home, and being that your puppy relies on you like a child relies on parents, it’s imperative to provide the best possible care you can in order to keep your pet in good health. Regularity is key and using systematic methods will help you to become an experienced and caring dog owner.

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Best Puppy Safety Tips for Holiday Festivities

Written by Senior Editor Peter Ghr

Best Puppy Safety Tips for Holiday Festivities

Best Puppy Safety Tips for Holiday Festivities

During the festive season it’s always good to be reminded of the best puppy safety tips for holiday festivities and beyond. With unfamiliar visitors, extra noise, late nights, and a shift in regular schedules can be enough to cause your puppy a measure of insecurity.

Taking time to be mindful of the disruption to your pet’s schedule will help them be assured and aid in normalizing what would otherwise be a disruptive period. Of course, it’s not always possible to completely devote every attention to your puppy, but as habitual members of our households it can sometimes be more difficult for them to part from the norm than you may realize.

Best Puppy Safety Tips for Holiday Festivities

As much as possible, maintain your pet’s usual routine with feeding and exercise. Dogs and cats are creatures of habit – they’ll be much more content if you incorporate their daily needs into your overall holiday planning.

Keep poisonous plants out of reach of your pets.

Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are the most common offenders, as well as lilies that are harmful to cats. A complete list of plants should help narrow it down.

Watch out for any liquids other than the clean, fresh water you provide for your pet every day, or made-for-pets gravy.

No unattended alcoholic beverages. That includes eggnog and spiked punch.

The most dangerous liquid to keep out of your pet’s way is antifreeze – it tastes sweet but can be lethal. It’s also sometimes an ingredient in snow globes.

Keep the garbage can lid securely closed, or even in another room away from your pets.

If any of your family members or guests take medications, be sure to keep pill boxes and medicine bottles tightly closed and secured out of a pet’s reach. Zipped plastic bags, locked medicine cabinets are all good protection where both kids and pets are concerned.

If you have a live Christmas tree, the water in its stand may contain fertilizer or preservatives not good for Fido.

Beware of electrical cords that can trip a pet – or a human – and catch fire, cause a lethal shock, or be tempting to a puppy as something else to chew. Use duct tape to keep wires in place.

No lit Menorah or Christmas candles in wagging tails’ way. Set them (the candles) in stable candle holders, up on a table, and blow them out if you leave the room.

Keep a good supply of healthy pet treats handy so you won’t be tempted to sneak your pet human treats like: chocolate that can lead to digestive upset, cooked bones that can splinter internally, or spicy or high-fat foods like gravy that can lead to pancreatitis.

Need a better way to keep Rover or Muffin occupied? Try dental chews and similar treats that take several minutes for your pet to work on. Fill a Kong or other toy that’s more or less indestructible with healthy, digestible treats to ease a lot of an excited dog’s nervous energy.

Give your cat her own new holiday presents – toys with catnip, a big ball to chase. And of course, lots of playtime.

Before guests arrive and endless chaos ensues, give your pets plenty of quality time. Plenty of exercise before the party will help hold down a pet’s level of excitability.

Reserve a “time-out” room, crate or carrying case for your pets while guests are arriving, and let Fluffy and Spot out once the constant door-opening and closing has subsided. Or if your pet is comfortable with the action, keep a leash on to reduce the chance of your pet escaping when no one is looking. Click here to visit the original source of this post

The best puppy safety tips for holiday festivities start with common sense. Parties can generate a level of excitement that can be unsettling for your pet, so stay sensitive to their needs and provide them with as much normalcy as possible to keep their daily regimen as structured as possible.

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